Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas Ornament Finished!!

Bonjour mes amies!!

I am happy to report that I caugt the finishing bug on the weekend and managed to finish two ornaments!! Chippy is pretty adorable I must say.  I really loved the trim that I used.  I find that while I am stitching, I mentally choose the trims and fabrics I will use to finish the piece.  If it doesn't come to me while I am stitching, like the Plum Street Sampler ornie, the piece usually ends up in my to do pile for awhile. I have to envision the finished ornament before I can make it.  Odd isn't it? What is the process that you go through for finishing a piece? Is it before, during, after....?

The red fabric is on the back of the Snowflake
Estonian snowflake stitched last year

Sometimes I don't have what I need to finish, actually, most of the time I don't have what I need to finish a piece!! For example, all those beautiful designs I stitched through out the year, still need frames or boxes or whatever will work to display them.  While I was busy piecing together Chippy, I pulled out some of my stitching and tried to find at least one frame to use! Alas! Nothing fit or looked right!! I sadly put my pieces back into storage and I think I heard their sad sighs of dismay.  Especially my Geisha girl....insert tears here :(  Tanglewood is sad too.  Really sad.  I really need to save some money and just bite the bullet and get the two of them framed.  Sadness aside, I am quite impressed with my mad skillz and gusto for finishing two ornaments. As for the reindeer fabric, I think I will make a couple of gift bags and perhaps a table runner.  Good thing we have Youtube!! There are some great sewing tutorials on how to make both of those projects.  I'm looking forward to next weekend to sewing up a storm!!

Here's my friend's "M" finished.  I still need to stitch the "P" , then I will be done 1 gift.  I am trying not to freak out so much.  Thank you all for your kind comments and suggestions.  It really helped me organize my list and just work steadily down the list.  I think that if I stay focused, I will get everything done that I need to do!!
Remember this Chatelaine I started awhile ago? Well I got sidetracked from my list and decided to try and finish it.  Nearly done!! Just need to finish the Algerian eyelets, backstitching and beading!!  Hopefully by next weekend it will be complete. 

I hope to visit and comment on everyone's blogs today.  I have to say that there are some of you who are posting everyday, making it difficult for me to keep up!! Even if I haven't commented, I do enjoy reading each and everyone of your posts!!
Take care and happy stitching!!

Anne

23 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh, I love your ornie finishes! And the M for your friend -- so pretty! As is the Chatelaine piece. Gorgeous work! I hear you on those who post every day. Definitely hard to keep up. lol!

Heli said...

Your finishes are beautiful, congrats! I too tend to plan my finishes while stitching - sometimes even before I start stitching - because it bothers me to not know what the stitched piece of fabric will be used for or how it will be displayed.

I totally understand not having time to comment on every blog post you read, I have the same problem! But then sister stitchers will probably understand - we do need time for stitching too! :)

cucki said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwww
i love your both ornie finishes,..they are super cute..i love them so much..
M finish is looking so lovely..i love the colors so much and the Chatelaine is so beautiful too..well done dear..
keep well and have a lovely week. xx

Nancy said...

Your stitching is beautiful. I love Chippy and I love the trim you used for him.

Annie said...

Love your ornament finishes. The lace trim is perfect for the cute squirrel!

Rhona said...

Love your finishes, they're great! The M is beautiful and you don't seem to have much still to do on your Chatelaine!

I agree with you about Youtube, it's inbelievable what you can find on it ...even how to thread a sewing machine (now who would look that up I wonder!!!)

Claudette497 said...

Great job on the finishes - I especially love the snowflake!

Daffycat said...

Beautiful Christmas ornaments! Really lovely finishing too.

I usually know what I want to do with them as I'm stitching. If I don't, like you, I tend to leave them sitting and waiting.

Kaisievic said...

I really like the squirrel, Anne, he is soooo cute. Your other finishes are great, too.

Sorry about the lots of blogging as I am doing NaBloPoMo - but we all understand that not every post can be commented on by everyone.

Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Teresa said...

You did a wonderful job on your finishing. Really love the little squirrel.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Siobhan said...

Oh my goodness!!! What fantastic finishes! Your choice for finishing them, too, is amazing. Beautiful work.

Carol said...

Isn't it fun to finish a little ornament, Anne--they are like little presents when you're all done! Picking the embellishments and laying out the whole finish in my head is almost as much fun as stitching :)

Lovely finishes, Anne--I look forward to seeing more!

Pumpkin said...

Good for you Anne! LOVE the squirrel and he's on my to-do list :o) I'm kind of like you, if I know how I'm going to finish them, they 'usually' get done right away. Otherwise into the tote they go...

Framing is expensive so I hear you. I have a few pieces that I really want up on our walls but money is an issue. I just keep saying...someday :o)

Glad to hear you're getting organized with your gift stitching. I'm not even going to attempt that this year! LOL!

Joysze said...

Hey Annie sweetie! :D The ornies are DARLING!!!! How cute is that squirrel???? :D Love the lace you've finished it with.... totally yum. :D

Love the M.... can't wait to see the P, and YUMMMMMM on the Chat. I can't wait to see it finished. Go Anne Go!!! :D

EvalinaMaria said...

Congrats on your finishes, they look lovely! And your M is stunning!

Veronica said...

Oooh... Your ornament finishes are gorgeous! Love the lacy trim around Chippy. Beautiful WiPs too.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Sally said...

Your finishes are lovely. Gotta love Chippy as he's so cute!

Gorgeous WIPs.

Joy said...

Lovely finishing and stitching!!

Lynn said...

You've been very busy with your stitching and finishing! Chippy is adorable!! I think this is just the sweetest ornament. Love your M finish too. It's gorgeous!

Pauline said...

you have done a lot!
Great finishes!

Wagapapa said...

I don't like very much finishing because I'm not very good at it.

Love your squirrel ornie, it's very cute!

Have a good day!

Kathy Ellen said...

My goodness, but you have been very busy stitching! Love your cute little "Chippy" ornament and the finishing is wonderful. I always try to envision how I will finish my ornaments while I am stitching them too.

The "M" design for your friend is beautiful and the Chatelaine is truly gorgeous!

Meari said...

Cute ornaments! Your other stitching looks great. Never worry... slow and steady wins the race. :)